Wednesday Sep 30, 2009

Solaris OS on Nehalem-EX white paper

Sun has recently published a white paper that discusses how the Solaris OS will take advantage of the future Intel Nehalem-EX processors. With over 20 years of SMP expertise, what better OS than Solaris to run on top of Intel's future 8-socket, 64-core, 128-thread architectures? With features such as Memory Placement Optimization or Predictive Self Healing, the Solaris OS has the critical technologies necessary to large SMP architectures today. The paper discusses the collaboration between Intel and Sun to optimize Solaris for Nehalem-EX and leverage new features such as Hyper-Threading, QuickPath Technology, Turbo Boost Technology or I/O acceleration.

All the details in the paper  "The Solaris OS and Intel Nehalem-EX".

 

For the current generation Intel Xeon 5500, see The Solaris Operating System - Optimized for the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series

Sun BluePrints articles are free whitepapers, written by engineers, for engineers. Don't miss out, stay up to date and join the Sun BluePrints Community on Facebook or subscribe to the Sun BluePrints Community RSS Feed.

Tuesday Jul 07, 2009

AMP Stack To Go

In the BluePrints article "Deploying the AMP Stack in Virtualized Environments - Taking a Step Towards Cloud Computing", Thierry Manfé provides all the steps necessary to virtualize the AMP (Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack in Solaris Containers and getting ready to deploy AMP virtual servers as a SaaS (Software as a Service). From the creation of the first container to the installation and configuration of the AMP stack, all the commands are provided with detailed instructions and recommendations.

Thierry takes it a step further also providing best practices to efficiently manage virtual network traffic (using Project Crossbow) and to reduce deployment times by leveraging ZFS clones. This article will definitely help you get ready to take the AMP stack to the Cloud.

All the details in Deploying the AMP Stack in Virtualized Environments - Taking a Step Towards Cloud Computing.

Sun BluePrints articles are free whitepapers, written by engineers, for engineers. Don't miss out, stay up to date and join the Sun BluePrint Community on Facebook or subscribe to the Sun BluePrints Community RSS Feed.

Thursday Jul 02, 2009

Increase the memory bandwidth by 12% with a BIOS upgrade

Sun has engineered its Intel Xeon 5500 (Nehalem-EP) based servers to reliably operate at 1333 MT/s with two DDR3-1333 DIMMs populated per channel. The increase in bus speed results in up to 12% memory bandwidth improvement. This mode can be enabled after a software update download from sun.com.

Full story in John Nerl's blog.

Use FFAC and NEBS/ETSI Netra to kill the CRAC!

Did I just write that? OK, the title of this Sun BluePrints article is actually "Conserving Energy and Increasing ROI with Sun Netra Servers and Full Free Air Cooling". Don't you like my version better though? ;)

This is in fact a very interesting paper. It shows how Sun and Belgacom used NEBS/ETSI certified Sun Netra servers and FFAC (Full Free Air Cooling) to eliminate the CRAC (Computer Room Air Conditioning). To caricaturize, they used systems engineered to withstand high temperatures (Netra servers) and opened the data center windows to cool them down. Based on the results of this proof-of-concept, the projected decrease of power consumption to cool the facility down is up to 40 percent. Quite dramatic! Obviously, it probably helps if the data center is located in Belgium and not in the middle of Arizona on a hot summer day!

All the details in "Conserving Energy and Increasing ROI with Sun Netra Servers and Full Free Air Cooling".

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